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Panel approves major immigration reform bill

March 28, 2006 The Senate Judiciary Committee approved on Monday a sweeping immigration reform bill that could allow more than 11 million illegal immigrants to remain in the United States, work and eventually seek citizenship. By a bipartisan 12-6 roll call, the panel sent the bill to the Senate. Four of the committee's ...

Panel approves bill establishing nuclear detection office within DHS

March 15, 2006 A House Homeland Security subcommittee adopted Tuesday legislation to create a special office charged with the prevention of nuclear terrorism. Approved by voice vote, the legislation by the Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack Subcommittee moves to the full committee. Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack Subcommittee Chairman John Linder, ...

Senate panel votes to double size of border force

March 10, 2006 The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to add more border agents, investigators and fencing to stem rising illegal immigration as it worked its way through a major immigration reform bill. In its third day of marking up the bill, the committee discussed nearly 30 amendments, approving a dozen of them ...

Mineta rules out imposing general aviation user fees

March 7, 2006 Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta on Tuesday ruled out imposition of user fees on private noncommercial air carriers to bolster revenues for the Aviation Trust Fund. At a House Transportation-Treasury Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on his agency's budget, Mineta tried to squelch widespread reports in the airline industry that the Federal Aviation ...

Contractor ethics plan quashed in House-Senate negotiations

February 28, 2006 A Senate plan to officially identify former Pentagon officials who go to work for defense contractors was quietly zapped as the fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill moved out of conference committee last year. The removal of the provision from the defense bill that would have required the defense companies to ...

Iraq reconstruction funds may run out before projects finished

February 8, 2006 A top U.S. official overseeing Iraq reconstruction said Tuesday the $18.4 billion for rebuilding the war-ravaged country will run out before major projects are finished. Stuart Bowen Jr., special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, told the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee that most of the money appropriated in November 2003 ...

HHS officials say Medicare drug enrollment on target

December 23, 2005 Bush administration officials said Thursday that nearly half of the 43 million Medicare beneficiaries have been enrolled in the new program's prescription drug plan that begins Jan. 1. HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt said he is pleased with the progress and the enrollment "puts us right on track" to reach the ...

VA negotiates better prescription drug deals than Medicare

December 21, 2005 Prices for the most commonly used prescription drugs will be significantly higher under the new Medicare drug plan than comparable prices under the Veterans Affairs drug plan, according to a study by FamiliesUSA. The survey by the consumer health group said the annual costs of the 20 drugs most used ...

New Orleans levee design faulted in report

November 2, 2005 Much of the devastating flooding of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina was caused by errors in the design of levees, according to a blue ribbon report released Wednesday. During a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, experts said while some flooding was caused ...

Problems remain in screening for terrorists, Shays says

September 13, 2005 Gaps remain in the screening process for issuing visas like those given the 19 hijackers before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, government accountability and homeland security officials told a House Government Reform subcommittee Tuesday. Although improvements have been made, "weaknesses and gaps remain in the visa process that could ...